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How would you handle a situation that could cause you to be late for work?
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"I stay calm and composed when issues arise. I got rear ended one time on the way to work. I called my boss immediately and then called one of my co-workers to see if they could fill in for me for the first couple hours of my shift." Proper planning will get you far, but sometimes life happens and you'll need a plan B. Think about some of the variables in your life that could affect your attendance at work. Sick children, traffic, car breakdowns... the list goes on. Most likely one of these issues has affected you before. How did you handle it? It may not be possible for everything to work out so smoothly, getting your shift covered or still making it to work on time. Your interviewer is looking to see that you are proactive and that you can handle the stress of unexpected situations that can arise.
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"I stay calm and composed when issues arise. I got rear ended one time on the way to work. I called my boss immediately and then called one of my co-workers to see if they could fill in for me for the first couple hours of my shift."

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User-Submitted Answers

How would you handle a situation that could cause you to be late for work?
1.
My most difficult ecperience would have to be whenever I have to put an animal down. Not only do I have to do that to the animal and watch it die, but I also have to see the owner's feelings. I deal with it by know that it is just a part of life and I know that the animal is in a better place.
2.
Well, seeing an owner cry when her dog had cancer and it had to be put to sleep. That was difficult, and sometimes dealing with the bigger dogs but usually they have better able assistants to take care of the matter.
3.
Having an owner have to euthanize a puppy due to not having funds for surgery.
4.
The hardest and probably the most common are euthanasias in my opinion. Once we had a three legged cat come in that was sick but hanging in there. The vets decided that the kitten should be put down. Although I had no say in the matter, it is hard to accept a numerical price on a life. It is one of the things I understand but still struggle with today.
5.
I've had to deal with some difficult aggressive dogs. I overcame this with practice bathing and walking them.
6.
I saw a cat that was dying. I dealt with it by following instructions, doing my job and helping out with the animal anyway I could.
7.
I was faced with the decision to keep my horse alive and in pain by permanent lameness or to put her down and out of her misery. I ended up putting her down because I knew that that was best for her.
8.
When I was doing my community hours they had an emergency a dog was dying so they asked me for help to bring some towels and water, it was difficult for me because I had never been facing a situation like that and for a moment I thought I would freak out but fortunately I didn't.
9.
One of the most difficult situations is always euthanasia. Even though you know the animal was sick and this was the best option it is never easy.
10.
Probably when you mess up on something.
11.
A aggressive cat got loose and I was quick in grabbing a towel and trapping him.
12.
Having to sit with a young girl who wanted a puppy once she was cancer free and her puppy had parvo and had to be euthanize due to all the money the family spent to keep this little girl alive.
13.
A dog fight. It was very fast, not pretty, but was handled so nobody got hurt.
14.
The most difficult situation I have had to deal with is having to put an animal down that still has a chance but theree is no money to treat the problem.
15.
The most difficult situation I was in was my first week as an extern at the veterinary hospital and I was watching a dental. The dogs pre-anesthetic blood work was completely normal. A few minutes into the dental the dogs heart rate dropped to 0. Although I was really nervous I stayed calm and I drew up emergency drugs for the experienced technician I was shadowing. I also administered LRS to the dog while the dvm gave CPR. I believe I handled I well because I didnt freak out and crack under the stress.
16.
Well as you know I do not have any vet experience but if I were to guess what a difficult situation was would probably be a client (animal) passing. I have experience a pet passing before and know it is a tradic thing to go through. I would handle it by being compationate for the owner and come to the fact that this is a part of life and appreciate the loving memories that the pet created. I take comfort in the idea that they are in a better place.
17.
Having to be present to put down a beloved family pet. It was very hard but I knew it was the right thing to do as the dog was in an extreme amount of pain. You just have to understand that it is the circle of life and be compassionate toward the owners.
18.
My hardest experience was trying to walk a dog that was much bigger than I. It dragged me at first until I was able to find a way to control it.
19.
I would have to say there were two. The first was my first "case" to the care of an animal. The doctor had no time and he gave me this bunny which had thousands of maggots eating its face. I stood there for hours. The next was when we had to put down a 17 year old collie and the owner, which was a 20 year old guys, could not stop crying. The vet was crying the technicians were crying, I was crying. It was very emotional, but it was the right thing to do.
20.
Watching an owner who did not outright abuse their animal, but you could tell the dogs were not getting the best care. SInce there was no true abuse, it could not be reported and there was no way to legally remove the animals from her care.
21.
A dog that came in badly injured due to a car accident. The whole medical team just sprung into action and the lead tech let everyone know what they were needed to do.
22.
Medically, you have to be incredibly attentive to who has what and the procedures that need to be put in place in feeding and cleaning in order to maintain a sanitary environment for other dogs and have a quicker recovery for the dog with the illness.
23.
There was this beautiful Rottweiler who came in for exploratory surgery, she had a tennis ball sized malignant tumour and yannie the vet made the call to her owners. He was very upset telling them hat their 5 year old dog had to be pts. I remember the event very vividly. However for the sad times there are 1000 happy ones.
24.
Restraining the animals was a little struggle because of my height.
25.
There have been many difficult situations that I have faced, but if I had to name one I would say that it was a situation I faced while interning for Dr. Giacopuzzi, who is an equine vet and farrier. A client, whose horse had a leg injury, opted not to treat her horse because of the cost as well as the fact that it would never compete the same again.
26.
I was restraining a very small dog being euthanized with a avery large gauge needle. I remained calm and used my soothing voice to calm the little dog until he went under beuthanasia.
27.
In the emergency clinic for my placement at school we came into contact with many situations. One situation a golden retriever came into the clinic after being hit by a car. We quickly made sure he was still breathing, hooked him to IVS, stopped any bleeding and immediately did surgery. Sadly in the end the damages were to severe to be able to save him and he passed away.
28.
The most difficult decision I have experienced was attending a home visit to put to sleep the family dog. I just focused on how hard it must be for the family and that they are relying on the vet and I to be completely calm and in control.
29.
Ive never worked in this role before but from a differnt point of view. The dog that I was very close with lived out my back had gone missing and It broke my heart for a long time wondering if he was ok but I just had to tell myself he was with new owners or I would have lost my mind.
30.
Since my vet experience is limited I cannot cite a situation that has been particularly difficult.
31.
Cancer patients. I gave the dog some love and then proceeded to do as I was instructed to do to assist with the animal and Veterinary Dr.
32.
The most difficult situation was when one of our animals got caught in a trap and broke its leg, also ripping open the entire leg. The animal was in shock and did not seem to be in much pain, but had lost a lot of blood. It was a terrible sight, but we kept working and tried to be as gentle as possible when transporting it. After discussing its likelihood of survival and possibly putting it into rehab, we decided that the injury was too great and had to euthanize it. It was a terrible end, but I think we are handled it with grace and professionalism.
33.
I have had to face the death of my two childhood dogs and have had to give up my pet Ferret due to a no pet clause in my apartment when moving. I have dealt with loss and death of animals and so this experience can help me to be comfortable when this occurs on the job.
34.
Working at PAWS, there was a small dog whose heart rate dropped quickly in the post-surgery recovery room. I immediately notified the veterinary technician working in the room, and then quickly found a vet to assess the situation. The dog turned out fine, but I realized then how I react in emergency settings. While my heart was racing and I was obviously scared to lose someones pet, but I remained calm and did as I was told to do if that situation were to occur.
35.
The most difficult medical situation I dealt with at CCR was when a litter of our puppies came down with parvo. We all had to be very careful when we were caring for them, and I painstakingly followed protocol to make sure the illness could not spread through the shelter.
36.
Most difficult was having to put an animal down, but they were suffering and I know it was for the better. It comes with the job.
37.
The only experience I have had was at the pet shop and at the zoo. But seeing an animal who has been neglected would be the most difficult for me I think. I would do my best to take care of the animal. I would do what is my professional obligation with regard to identifying and reporting neglect.
38.
The ost difficult decision I had to make was whether or not to take my chocolate lab to an emergency clinic or leave her with our usual trusted vet. I chose not to take her to an emergency clinic and as a result, she died.
39.
Ive never worked in a veterinary clinic before, but im eager to learn and will face challenges with all my effort.
40.
The most difficult situations have always been having to say goodbye to pets that I have seen grow up as well as get to know their owners so well. Then the time comes when the pets get sick or too old and I have to say goodbye and it can be very difficult to get through. I have always done my best to be strong for the owner as well as comfort them and let them know I understand what they are going through.
41.
While volunteering at the spca without any experience yet it was getting nervous rabbits in and out of cages, then trying to catch the rabbits again.
42.
The most difficult experience that I faced at the Durham Humane Society was viewing how deplorable the conditions were within the small rodent room, and having the employee in charge of that room refuse to let anyone clean in there. I discovered a bug infestation amongst the food, which helped to resolve a major infestation occurring within the shelter.
43.
The most difficult situation I face was when a friend came in with her ill cat. After she went to an appointment with the vet I was then volunteering with, the vet suggested the cat probably had cancer and should be euthanized. I was so heart broken for her and could only advice her to take into account all that twas at hand to make her decision. After having a good think about it for awhile she decided to euthanize it and wanted me to hold her cat while it as being euthanized. It was a heart breaking but I was glad to be supportive of her in her time of need and was glad to be there comforting her cat while she passed.
44.
When the animal is terminally ill it can be an emotional time. I try to be empathetic and relate to the owner and be there for support. I stay calm and patient and go through my own grieving process in private.
45.
Dealing with unhappy customers is always a very tough task. I, when confronted, would listen and proclaim my understanding to the individual. I know, more than anything, they simply want to vent about how they were wronged... After I would try my hardest to get past the situation.
46.
The most difficult situation I have faced is a dog fight. I was able to break the fight apart quickly.
47.
As a veterinary assistant intern in a wildlife rehabilitation facility, we often had orphaned birds and mammals brought to us. Spring time would get very busy with 20 or more baby birds who needed their weight taken, medication, cleaning, and feeding every 30 min at least. Some days we were understaffed, and it was important to stay on track and work as a team.
48.
The most difficult situation I have been in was facing my fear of snakes as the keepers where extremely busy and gave my this job to mite spray the snakes. Even though at the time I had a fear I but my fears to one side and handled as well as mite sprayed the snakes with assistance.
49.
The first time I saw a surgery performed on an animal I got sick and had to run out, since then I have taken zooloogy and anatomy in high school were we perfomed surgeries on animals.
50.
Seeing Oliver the moose go like that from a fever after we have been working with him for a good two weeks. Some of us had to sleep with him overnight because of his frequent feedings so you would imagine how strong the bond was amongst us. But at the end, we always told ourselves that it is still really important to stay composed and there are other animals that had to be taken care of and they all need our full attention and not be distracted by the situation.
51.
Having to make the decision to put an aggressive dog to sleep.
52.
Having an aggressive dog pts.
53.
I currently do not have any experience.
54.
Ive actually never been in a vet setting, this would be my first job working as a vet assistant and I feel I would make a great assistant as I am very passionate about helping animals big or small, and I would like to grow in this line of work.
55.
I have not been able to work in a vet office yet, however, the most difficult situation I have had to face is calling a client to tell them that their pet has passed away during their stay at the lodging kennel.
56.
Seeing the after math of a dog that was in a dog fight and having to stick excess skin back together.
57.
I dont have any vet experience, but my hardest experience with my animals, was when my 160 pound saint bernard opened the gate with her nose and ran out full speed down the street and cars were swerving she was chasing the cars, people were getting out and trying to help me.
58.
I had to have my puppy put to sleep., I did have strong emotions, I loved him so much.
59.
I had a client on the phone who was confused about the reason to test a fecal he was misunderstood that there are parasites microscopic. The client felt that we were just after his money. I was able to get a technician on the line to further discuss what I had already told him, the client eventually brought in a fecal.
60.
Having to watch them put down my own puppy and give them the consent to do so, I cried for a moment then held my dogs paw as he feel asleep.
61.
Neglect or improper care of animals. talked with caretaker.
62.
The hardest situation in my opinion is trying to explain to a heartbroken pet parent that euthanasia is the best option for their pet after all other options have been tried to no avail.
63.
The most difficult situation I have faced so far in my experience was when I assisted with the euthanasia because I had never seen one myself and it hit me hard, but I told the doctor afterwards that I had never done that and she asked if I was okay and I told her that I was.
64.
I have not have an vet experience.
65.
I would say seeing a hurt animal suffer but at the same time I try to stay calm.
66.
Being more confident, ask more questions, and be.
67.
I do not have any vet experience but in my Career ive had to handle situations where clients were upset over their order and I would do everything I could to solve the problem and make the client calm.
68.
Having to put my 6 week old colts, mother down the old fashioned way because she was suffering and we had no time to wait for a vet.
69.
Most difficult situation for me was having to share the news to a loving pet owner that her dog did not make it. I focused on comforting the owner which helped me as well.
70.
Seeing owners ignore the appropriate care procedures advised by the vet resulting in the death of their animal through infection. I dealt with it by knowing that I look after all animals in my care while they are in my care with the utmost priority on their wellbeing and health.
71.
I honestly have not had any difficult experiences with animals in a work, or professional setting. I have however, had to deal with my friend losing her dog recently. It had a lot of health problems for a long time, and it was hard to see them keep the poor dog alive when it really was struggling. They eventually decided to put him down.
72.
When I was dealing with aggressive animal, I was careful and made sure no one got injured when dealing with the animal.
73.
Everyday animals die and its our job to handle it as well as possible.
74.
Having to help restrain scared or aggressive animals. I just go in as fearless as possible and know that this is my job and it it to help animals. I also put trust into my coleagues and ask for help when I am unsure and need it.
75.
Most difficult situation was having to watch over very sick animals in the icu unit. I dealt with it by giving the animals the very best care I could.
76.
Honestly I have never really faced a difficult situation. I havent really worked at a clinic, I have only done my veterinary assistant internship and while being there I was always in the back.
77.
The most difficult situation for me was when a dog got a broken rib and it broke the skin of the dog and you could see the bone right outside . So I help the veterinarian to try to fix the broken rib, and we finally help the dog.
78.
Whilst I have not previously been a vet I have had several dogs and horses in need of medical care which I tended to well.
79.
I think the one of the more difficult situations I have dealt with was an irate owner. People sometimes very understandably get extremely emotional when it comes to the health of their pets and they snap easily which was what happened. I remained calm and once I expressed empathy and understanding the client was able to process what I was saying.
80.
One time, I didnt know what was wrong with an animal and so I couldnt help it. I researched it and still couldnt find anything, so I asked for help from one of the vets an she helped me figure it out.
81.
During my vet experience, the most difficult situation i've face was when a dog didn't allow me to cut it's dewclaw off when it had cracked it's nail. I attempted to cut as much of the nail off as I could and I had to let the dog be and let the nail fall off on it's own.
82.
One of my sows was farrowing for the first time and one of her piglets was too big and it got stuck in the birth canal, I had to pull the piglet out and administer pain medication.
83.
The most difficult vet experience I have faced is when my market show goat got polio at three months old. We had to spend hours watching and making sure his health condition was not decreasing.
84.
Convince owner take their pet to do health check regular.
85.
Having to tell the animal owner that the animal will not make it, or it has just passed on. I have respected the owners feelings and tried to explain that I clearly understand how she feels and that I have done the best to try and save it and it is now in a better place.
86.
I haven't had much vet experience but at the shelter I volunteer at the most difficult situation I've dealt with was handling a dog that just had surgery and was very out of it under anesthesia. He was so out of it that we thought he might of stopped breathing. We handled the situation by checking the dogs pulse and seeing if he was breathing, when we noticed his breaths were shallow we rushed him into the vets office.
87.
My first euthanasia. I cried just as hard as the owner. I dealt with it by focusing on the positive which is that the animal is no longer suffering.
88.
I haven't had a vet expirence.
89.
Dealing with agressive cats.
90.
Although I have not previously worked in a veterinarian's office, I have come across several difficult situations in previous positions. During my internship at Brookhaven, my partner was often quite snippy and cruel to me. Instead of instantly going to my supervisor, I thought long and hard about how I should handle the situation. Eventually, I calmly told her how her snap reactions and judgments were disrupting our work progress and my comfort level regarding my work with her. This resolved the issue quite quickly; had it not been resolved, I would have gone to the supervisor as my next step. During my seasonal position at the Cary Institute, I worked with several people that were constantly ignoring protocols. In this case, my mentioning of protocols was not enough, even though my associates knew my discomfort level of their actions. This was more of a work-related issue and one I did not feel comfortable talking to them directly about in more detail because of the likelihood that they would think I was trying to "tell them what to do." In this case, I went to my supervisor.
91.
The toughest part of learning to handle animals, for me, was getting over the possibility of getting bit. It's really a mind over matter situation. It's all about experience and knowing how to approach an animal. I've learned that if you are handling them properly, you rarely get bit.
92.
Dog's paw got run over calm and composed.
93.
At the equine hospital I shadowed at, there was a veterinarian that was completing an internship there and she was very unpleasant. She would talk down to me and tell the other interns not to help me learn and yelled curse words. One day in particular she was particularly aggressive towards me, I decided to be the bigger person. I gave her space and looked elsewhere for help, I ended up learning a lot from the interns that were willing to help. I still keep in touch with them.
94.
Learning to intubation for a dog. I felt I could've done better but I did my best in that situation.
95.
I took my cat of 15 years to have it put down because I accidently hit it with my own car. I dealt with it the best that I could which was one day at a time.
96.
The first time I had to hold a cat to be intubated, I didn't expect the medication to work so quickly and I felt woozy. I dealt with it by taking a break and letting someone else do it. The next time I had to hold the cat I had no wooziness in side me since I knew what to expect.
97.
I have worked in a veterinary clinic for three years prior to this and am currently in veterinary school. I still have an emotional response to this which I believe is a good thing, but keep it together and remain kind, compassionate, and professional.
98.
Taking my sister's horse to the vet, and finding he was going blind, loosing weight. We wormed him, floated his teeth. Put him on special feed. But he wasn't getting any better. Telling her, and then we finally had to put him down.
99.
The most difficult situation I faced was I'm not sure.
100.
Dealing with clients with overwhelmed feelings because of their pets. By being more sensitive towards their feelings and listen them out before giving an answer.
101.
Of course the most difficult situation is seeing a animal having to be put to sleep. The initial euthanasia shot and having to see the animals parents seeing their love ones go is definitely heart breaking but I always try my best to comfort the family in this hard time.
102.
Witnessing staff members having to deal with aggressive clients. I did not deal directly with the situation as I was a volunteer in the clinic, but the experience was an emotional set-back.
103.
As mentioned previously my pet guinea pig of almost eight years was getting sicker and sicker, and unfourtunately my family was visiting family in Quebec at the time of his passing so it was my responsibility to look after him during his last days, make sure he was comfortable, and then once he passed in the early morning I had to take care of his body and his cage afterward and it was really emotionally stressing since I was doing this all on my own with no one to support me emotionally, but I was able to get through it and it helped me come to the realization that animal’s do die, and that as hard as it it for the owner’s, sometimes it’s what’s best for the animal.
104.
Well, I definetly wouldn't like it but I think I could handle it. At least I knew I tried to help that animal as best as I could.
105.
The death of my pet. I acknowledged that she was no longer there, her body was, but she wasn't.
106.
Well for me at this moment is to learn everything. My experience is little but my passion is great. I work hard and am willing to learn a lot in whatever amount of time I have. I am a practical learner, hence im finding my studies quite difficult of I dont have a practical component to assist me in identifying the task or equipment.
107.
When the chinchilla's escape its always a difficult task. They are very fast and are fragile at the same time. It's away my first respond to cover all, or any wet spots on the floor, and close the door to the mammal room. I'v learned the best way to catch them is to be patient and wait for the right moment to through the towel on them.
108.
Seeing ferrets go through a severe illness and either dying or having to be euthanased . I allowed myself to feel the normal emotions but kept in control so that procedures and practical tasks would be carried out proficiently with stress reduced and to give support to others involved. Knowing that staying calm will make the process easier is very helpful to myself and others.
109.
My dads dog dying because it broke his heart.
110.
I haven't recently have so much experience.
111.
Watching my own pet get spayed.
112.
The most difficult situation I have faced was once when an owner wanted all the staff in the room to pray for her animal, and I stood there while the vet explained the policy at the hospital and continued to restrain the animal.
113.
The most difficult situation I've delt with would be when two 60 pound dogs got into a fight and I had to break them up and call the owners.
114.
Having to talk to the owners about their pets health and being their supporting them when they need it.
115.
To be honest I don't have alot of vet experience yet since graduating aside from my practicum experience. I am however always willing to grow and Excell in anyway that I can.
116.
I will be honest that I do not have much vet experience but I am willing to learn and grow in any area that can help me work efficiently to handle any situation.
117.
There was a man not very happy about the pricing of the serves and they way I handled this situation was to bring someone else In to explain.
118.
None as I have never worked in this career before.
119.
I don't have any vet experience but with my own pets, I had to watch a few of them pass away.
120.
The most difficult situation was restraining an agressive dog it was hard to deal with however the vet techs verbally explained to me how to hold the animal down and I was successful.
121.
Working at the shelter we had a lot of strays that would come in, hit by car, attacked by another animal, etc. The most difficult was probably when kittens came in and whoever had owned them, tried to crop their ears. They were scabby and infected. I followed the directions of the tech and veterinarian and got them supplies they needed.
122.
From volunteer work I would say the most dicficult would be performing a shot on a cat that jad parkinsins disease.
123.
Seeing animals getting put to sleep and I dealt with this by remembering it's what is humane for the animal.
124.
Putting Down of an animal where I kept all the emotions inside of myself.
125.
The first time I saw a dead animal was hard because it was wrapped in a garbage bag and put in the back of a truck with other dead animals and sent away.
126.
I have not dealt with any vet experience yet, except when I was little and went to work with my mom, She was a vet tech.
127.
When an animal came into the hospital badly hurt I reacted calm, aware, and active.
128.
The most difficult situation that I had to deal with was a kitten that was surrendered to the humane society that had a foreign body that needed surgery ASAP. I assisted during the surgery and the kitten passed the next day even with our attempts to save it. The kitten was a year old and fought to live through the night but the foreign body had already passed through most of the intestines, causing them to be inflamed and possibly infected. During the necropsy we noticed that the cat might have also had pneumonia as they had discoloration in their lungs that matched what pneumonia would have looked like. I helped with the necropsy and it was difficult to internally mourn for this kitten knowing that with all of our best efforts the kitten still suffered and we weren't able to do anything else to help except make their last hours as comfortable as we could.
129.
I have no professional experience but personally having to put 2 of my best friends to sleep after inoperable cancers were found was the worst thing I've ever had to do.
130.
I've yet to start my career.
131.
Possibly just putting the animals down. It is hard to watch and really sad. You just have to remember you are hear for the pet owner as well, so I try to put all of my "sad" energy into helping them.
132.
Though I don't have any formal veterinary experience, I've had to deal with the death of many pets. Most recently and most painfully was dealing with the cost of treatment for my and my boyfriends cat. It belonged to him years before he met me, and he was in complete financial control of the situation, and he wasn't willing to spend very much money to care for Lil' Guy. This was very painful because I knew Lil' Guy could have been saved. I expect this will be one of the most difficult aspects of having any type of job in veterinary medicine.
133.
Seeing a puppy be put down and dealt with it by thinking about what is right for the animal.
134.
I have been jumped on by a barn owl and I just slowly stood up and he flew off.
135.
Being bitten on my right side by a dog. My doctor will have to be contacted as to whether I am able to work with animals in a clinic/ hospital.
136.
The most difficult situation I have endured in my experience with animals is not only working with cats with behavioral issues but as well as talking to more difficult potential adopters. A specific time was when a lady was so persostant in taking one kitten home even when she stated she believes cats are better being outdoors, she may be interested in declawing and is not interested in another kitten when she doesn't have any presently. All of which go against our specific adoption rules. She then believed I wasn't qualified enough to tell her this and I calmly explained to her the reasons for these rules and ways she can prevent them as well as alternatives. She still seemed adimint on having her way so I told her she could further talk to the director or an older volunteer. After she left we were worried she would come back so for the safety of our cats I wrote a note and posted it on our reminders saying to be careful when interviewing.
137.
Seeing animals suffering, tried to help.
138.
Illness in animals boarding.
139.
Having to put down my dog. I had no choice.
140.
Having to experience euthanasia is was the hardest part. I struggled with it since they were such a huge part of my life, but I handled it with maturity and accepted they are no longer suffering.
141.
Look at the animals that are in critical condtion, having the oppertiunty to help them heal and looking at their healing process.
142.
Seeing an animal going through heart worm treatments, When the dog was done with the treatments and healthy again I was so happy.
143.
Although I've had little experience, I was put in a situation where I had to manage the handling and petting of small animals, I came across a customer who was handling the animals badly and I had to tell them to stop as it was putting the animals at risk. I found this difficult as I was put in somewhat of an awkward and vulnerable position when I had to tell adults to stop. I dealt the situation in the best way I thought I could which was to approach them politely without sounding condescending.
144.
There was a situation when a group of clients came in with an injured dog. They were under suspicion of abusing an illegal substance and the patient was under a lot of stress and possible infection. I was the assistant available for holding the patient while the Doctor came up with a treatment plan along with two other technicians. I was calm, collected and attentive towards my superiors and when left alone in the room with the clients I was polite and cautious. The situation was later handed to the police, I wrote my experience down on paper and sent it in to them.
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Seeing animals on the street or with out a home.
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I have no vet experience.
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I haven't had any experience in a veterinary clinic setting besides a companion animal science class that lasted for 10 weeks. However, I have had difficult situations that I've had to face working in general that can apply to this position. One of the hardest things I've had to learn is working with people who don't see things from your perspective. I was a Barista at Starbucks for a while and in that time I met people who were extremely well-mannered and understanding, but also people who needed to make sure they were the center of my attention. It was hard at first to balance such a busy job as well as making sure each customer knew how much their service meant and how important it was to us that they enjoy their visit.
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Passing of my grandmother, I dealt with it by talking about it with my family.
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In my vet experience Ifaced dystocia situation. That one is most difficult situation in my vet life and I had real that very carefully and I saved. That animal successfully.
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My hardest experience I ever had with animals is letting go even when I know its the right thing to do. I have witnessed a lot of animals die in my lifetime that I really deep down inside know that its for the best but it still hurts a little inside.
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Seeing a dog get euthanized, I dealt with it by controlling my emotions and taking actions in a professional manner.
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Based on previous experience while volunteering I would have to say witnessing staff not treat animals with the respect they deserve.
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Watching a dog get put to sleep I dealt with it by saying to myself that the dog will no longer be in pain and it will be in a better place.
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Handling difficult animals. I made up a plan, executed the plan and delivered the desired result.
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Cats are something I have a harder time with. I haven't had much experience with them, but I still try the best I can to fit their needs and handle them with the best care I possibly can.
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Office politics--stay out of it.
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The most difficult situation I dealt with was a dog which had been in for an operation the week before and I had got to know the dog. The following week the dog had to get put to sleep as it was very poorly. I dealt with this situation as the dog was no longer in any pain.
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This will be my first experience working in a Veterinary field, if I get the position. Would you like for me to answer that using past working situations?
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I would think putting to sleep a healthy animal at the request of an owner.
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Seeing an animal suffer for so long trying to hang on to his life. I had to put her down knowing that she was going to be a better .
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Balancing home and work. Communication and necessary changes.
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I have yet to face any difficult situation.
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Dealing with an animal that was just so worked up yelping and trying to bite and scratch me but I just tried to clam him down and just work on him in intervals.
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Abuse. I advocate against cruelty to animals and keep authorities aware of my findings.
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I had a phobia of blood, I learnt that we have the flight or fight instinct and I was best to fight and at the same same realise I could walk away.
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When I saw a puppy get put down and dealt with it by knowing it was the humane thing to do.
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I have no professional vet experience. I had an experience at my friends house when her 3 month old puppy almost died of heat stroke. I literally had to use a rag and drip water into his mouth. A few times he stopped breathing I had to perform CPR about 4 times. It was scary but he lived. I felt I did an amazing job.
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Putting a dog down. I knew it was for the best.
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I have been on a farm when a lamb aborted and had to take both of the dead lambs out of the uterus. It was a serious emergency and I felt I stayed calm and coped with it well.
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One of the most difficult situations I have dealt with was the passing of a young kitten that was rescued and I helped raise. He passed away due to a birth defect, but having been so involved in his life, it was very tough to let go. I dealt with it by seeking solace in my peers that were also very involved in helping raise him. It also helped for me to focus on the other animals that needed me.
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The hardest thing that I've had to deal with is seeing a rabbit which has been suffering for years with sores on its legs and been put through several operations and knowing that the vet and colleges have tried to persuade the owner that the rabbit is suffering and is in agony everyday of its life and knowing that they are totally against euthanising it and that they are causing it so much pain.
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Probably seeing sights of euthenasia and just breathing. Going home and shed a tear or two.
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The most difficult situation I faced was having to tell someone their pet had passed away. I tried my best to tell them in the most caring and compassionate way possible for such a heartbreaking circumstance.
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There was an incident when I was volunteering at TEAD. We were out on a private lesson out on the trail when the horse got spooked. At the time I was leading the horse. He reared up and ran a couple steps. There was nothing physically I could do except hold on to the rope. The rider fell but was luckily not injured. I was a little in shock and I kept replaying the situation in my head thinking what we could've done differently. We had a meeting later with everyone involved and they reassured us that the boy was okay and that they understood the risks involved. We also talked about how we should've turned around when we noticed the horse being a little anxious.
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While I was working at Myvet, a client came in with his pet ferret who was very very sick. She was bleeding internally and very emaciated, her owner was very distraught and the other vet nurses and myself think he was a drug user. He became inconsolable when he was told she would have to be put down and I took upon myself to reassure him that it was for the best as she was very sick and most likely in a considerable amount of pain. I explained to him that he would be able to be with her in her last moments and be able to say goodbye and had the option of taking her home to bury or receive her ashes in an urn because that was a service the clinic offered. This worked to calm him and subdue the situation.
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Having to fix a problem that was caused because the owner didn't properly take care of the animal. This is very difficult as it could easily have been avoided, so it is quite irritating, but you have to be able to handle it. Dealing with the animal can get frustrating because they are not very cooperative but slowly and surely we got through it, and had to inform the owner what we had to do, and in a polite way why it is important to be do these things before something like this happens.
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An aliénation who had a mild case of pyometheria (it was detected that day in clinic) was put to sleep because the owner did not want to pay for the operation that would save his dogs life. To respect his decision and put the dog to sleep was heart breaking as he did not want to be present either.
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When I had to put a kitten who had rabies to sleep I dealt with it very well.
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Animal - the most difficult situation I had to deal with in regards to animals was getting them to cooperate without stressing them out. I know stressing them out may skew results. It wasn't until I viewed the PhD students handle and care for the mice was I then able to care for them more effectively.
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I've never faced anything too traumatic.
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I am experienced with dog it's poison case I mean one dog bite that time I dnot know what I'm dng my senior deal this case.
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A few different euthanasia situations, emergency, DOA, and unethical euthanasias.
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One day my training period one pet dog had seveir injury on his head that time I feel difficult but 1st I m treated 1st aid dressing cleaning all these done.
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A work experience that was difficult for me was when I worked at the Laguna Foundation. I was a rental assistant for Heron Hall and there was a wedding event taking place. The day started off great, and I felt communication was going well between myself and the coordinator. As the night came on and alcohol got involved, the group became roudy and started to overstep their boundaries. For rental, they have to sign an agreement showing that they understand the rules. For example, no smoking, no animals, no trespassing certain areas, no parking next to the building. All of these rules were in place for the safety of the guests and to be respectful of the ecosystem there. I had to confront the guests constantly about breaking all of the rules. It was an unfortunate situation. I was pretty new to the job and I wanted to display authority, but I also didn't want to have to police people constantly and perhaps ruin the event. Ultimately, I did what I could and go the guests to comply with some of the rules. Afterwards, I sent a detailed report to my manager and she made sure to converse with the clients afterwards and deduct necessary damages from the deposit.
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Monkey almost made full contact with me by accident. I kept my eyes on her and never turned my back as I slowly exited the secondary enclosure and locked it.
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In my limited experience, the most difficult situation I've faced was seeing my pet dog deal with bad arthritis and having to get him put down to to the pain he was going through.
187.
The hardest experience I've had dealing with animals was when one of the rats I was fostering developed dementia and became very weak. My friend who owned the rats came to visit from one state over and cried because there was nothing she could do to help her rat. Lucy, the rat, became even weaker as the week continued on and we did the best we could to make her comfortable. One night her breathing became very labored and we stayed up with her. She died early the next morning.
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Well, I haven't had any veterinary experience. But the hardest situation I've faced is when my cat went into kidney failure. He ate something poisonous, the doctors were not able to tell what it was - they think it might of been a lily. I put him in for the best care of course, and gave him intravaneous fluids at home.
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A very aggressive client at the front desk. I was calm and fair but firm and spoke to a senior member of staff who gave me the information I needed to rectify the situation.
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Was a greyhound owner whos dog had injured its leg and she refused to have the dog rehimed and inssisted on puttingit down I calmly talked with the owner but in the end I had to respect the owners wishes.
191.
Dealing with the larger animals. Because of my disability restraining them can be difficult, but I get around it by working with my team in order to get the job done.
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I would say the most difficult situation I faced was watching a families reaction to losing a pet and trying to find the proper way to communicate with them while also being professional. The best way i've dealt with it is knowing that i've been there before and it is hard but most times you're doing whats right for your pet and when talking to them, just remember to be sympathetic, place them in a private room as soon as possible and give them the time they need after the animal has gone and make sure they know you care.
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I am not far enough along to truly say I have been faced with difficult situations, but I would say that placing catheters on small dogs has been the most challenging so far.
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Giving the wrong medication, it ended up being a supplement but still it is a horrible feeling giving the wrong medication and you must tell the dr. Of your screw up.
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Hearing that my dog could die soon. I hoped for the best and calmed down.
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I currently have no vet exp.
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The most difficult situation is when I'm dealing with a client that refuses to deal with me and just wants to talk to the doctor. I explained that I had to get a history first and stayed as calm as possible.
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Unfriendly co-workers. I pulled them aside and we talked through our differences.
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Seeing abused animals. Giving comfort and medical attention.
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I havent had any real experience as a vet yet but if any difficult experince would be having to deal with a patient who wont hold still.
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Putting an animal down. But I have learned from those experiences and I know it's better for both parties.
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Having my dog put to sleep. He was the most loving dog anyone could have. It took me time to deal with the fact he was gone but it dealt with it by remembering the memories.
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Most difficult was when we had to put our family dog down. But I knew it was the right choice as he was really struggling and had no control of his bowel movements.
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Healthy 6 month old puppy went Bradycardic on me during a dental extraction. Turned ISO down, called doctor in, turned the patient off, and drew up emergency meds.
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I haven't had a vet experience.
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One that has always stuck with me is when I was part of a surgery in which a hunting dog had been injured by a pig, and we had to repair and re-inflate a lung. While it was quite stressful, I understood what I was required to do and had clear instructions from the veterinarian and other staff members, which made the situation very problem free.
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Restraining cats was most difficult, building my confidence.
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In all honesty, I don't have any experience working in this type of field but as a pet owner, I've dealt with difficult situations. For instance, my grandmother's sweet little bichon frise had to be euthanized two months ago due to a horrible debilitating illness in which her insides were rotting. It was a difficult situation but we all knew that euthanasia was the best because otherwise she would live in extreme pain for the rest of her life. We all dealt with this situation through grieving, talking to one another and doing things to keep Josie's memory alive.
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As I've stated previously, I do not have any type of experience in the veterinary field. However, a very difficult situation occurred with a beloved childhood pet about two months ago. My grandmother rescued her little bichon named Josie when I was in high school and I bonded with her a great deal, she was one of my closest fur-friends. However, Josie had been struggling with some severely debilitating health issues for over a year, and it got to the point where her insides were rotting and she was slowly dying a painful death. Therefore, my grandparents and the rest of us came to the conclusion that the best way to help Josie was euthanasia. It was a difficult decision and we dealt with it through grieving, talking with one another and doing things to preserve Josie's memory.
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Euthanizing sick animals and I just cry for a second and move on.
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Mac when everyone was gone. And I was left to fend for myself.
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Getting attached to animals has it's ups and downs. When I worked in a shelter, I would fall in love with the animals. But when they were adopted, I was obviously a little sad, but also it reminded me that people are making improvements in the lives of the animals they're adopting.
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A dog was poisened by snail bate I stayed calm with the owner unfortunately the dog passed 3 days later.
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I do not have any previous vet experience. My most difficult situation in the hospital was after a former classmate of mine had been killed in a road rage incident. After his body was removed from the trauma room, I was one of the housekeepers that had to go in and clean it. Seeing all the blood and knowing the person it had come from was a bit traumatic, and seeing and hearing the family screaming and crying in grief was also hard to bear.
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A dog tore one of his front claws out by scratching too vigorously at a gate. His paw was bleeding very badly, but every time I tried bandaging it, he snapped at me. I was also having a difficult time muzzling him. I used a sliplead to temporarily muzzle him, put a real muzzle over that, and then was finally able to bandage and wrap his paw without injury to myself.
216.
Having to put down my dog and I just thought of memeoties.
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I was sad but didn't let my emotions get a hold of how I would actually.
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I have not had hard experience yet.
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I always arive 10 mins early before any shift for this reason incase I am running late. However even then if I was late I would phone and inform my employer.
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I would call in as soon as possible and be frank about the situation.